A suspicious package that forced the evacuation of a number of businesses for several hours Monday night, and brought out the police bomb squad, turned out to not be explosive after all.

McPhillips Street suspicious package

Police officers blocked two lanes of traffic in the 2000 block of McPhillips Street Monday night. (CBC)

Police were called to a Boston Pizza restaurant in the 2200 block of McPhillips Street at about 7:30 p.m.

Soon afterwards, police cleared businesses in the area and blocked a couple of lanes of traffic while members of the bomb squad investigated a package behind Boston Pizza.

A police robot destroyed the package late in the night and the area was reopened to the public around midnight.